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Attributed to Mario Asprucci the Younger

Design for a ceiling in the Palazzo Borghese

1796

Watercolour on paper

Inscription: A · DESIGN · FOR · A · CEILING · IN · THE · PALACE · BORGHESE · / MARIO · ASPRUCCI · ARCT · INV · DEL · ROMA · MDCCXCVI

Museum number: P341

Curatorial note

The AB copy of the earliest inventory of Soane's collections, 1837, records this item as: Drawing in watercolours by C.H. Tatham Archt. 1796 / Gilt frame & glass / Design for a Ceiling in the Villa Borghese. Mara [sic] Asprucci archt. / Inv. du Roma. However, it is in fact in the hand of the architect Mario Asprucci the younger, as the inscription indicates, and is one of his designs rather than a copy.

Charles Heathcote Tatham was in Rome from July 1794 to July 1796 and, according to the Dictionary of National Biography, it was while sketching at the Villa Borghese that he met Mario Asprucci the younger, architect to Prince Marcantonio Borghese. He and Asprucci exchanged drawings and tracings and became firm friends.

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